Re: Check your tires for age!!!!!!!
I feel very sorry for those that lost their loved ones, like the first guy in the video. But that video was totally one sided, looking to place blame solely on manufacturers and tire dealers without any corroborating evidence.
The first guy who lost his son said his tire was actually 4 years old when it was bought new. The video also said that the tire was therefore 9 years old when his son crashed. That means they used the tire for 5 years. How did they maintain the tire? Were they religious with the pressure? Rotation? Overloading? Alignments?
How new, unused tires are stored is equally important, probably more so, than the age. Are they kept in a cool, dry place away from an ozone source like a furnace, and sunlight? The video showed nothing whatsoever about storage condition affecting tires. It also showed no evidence of when these "deadly" new old tires failed once they were put in service. I could understand if they all failed immediately upon being put in service. It was totally skewed.
I'll take a brand new 10 year old tire, which was stored properly, any day of the week over a one year old new tire that's been sitting on some outdoor rack at a Jiffy Lube in the elements.
I'm all for hammering manufacturer negligence, but that video, all by itself without any other data, is another example of our media caring less and less about fair and impartial reporting. That reporter wouldn't even let the rubber manufacturer rep. get a word in.
I'm done now. Sorry. (Steps off soapbox)